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Dec 15, 2009

Wolverhampton City Council implement DRS attendance solution to monitor student movement across Key Stage 4 and Post 16

Following a successful pilot project in 2008, Wolverhampton City Council has awarded education technology provider DRS a contract to deliver its e-Registration solution to track and monitor attendance for students attending learning at more than one institution – whether it is a school, college or work based learning (WBL) provider.

DRS IntelliReg® is an accurate and 'real time' e-Registration solution that will allow student attendance to be tracked off-site and the resulting data to be automatically recorded and seamlessly transmitted back to the ‘home’ school or college management information system (MIS) and dynamically linked into the attendance record of that student.

The introduction of 14-19 Diplomas has required more student movement across Key Stage 4 and Post 16. Wolverhampton City Council has 18 secondary schools and one Further Education college. Post 16 education is delivered through a city-wide partnership, based on five consortia, with all schools having access to college courses. Post 16 students move between consortia schools and across consortia to access courses delivered on a half day basis. Within the framework there are currently approximately 1,600 student movements per week. There are also enrichment activities outside of the traditional qualifications framework that students can access.

Comments Debbie Rofe, head of marketing at DRS: “Tracking and monitoring student attendance at off-site learning providers, whether they are educational or non educational institutions, is of the utmost importance for Wolverhampton City Council and its schools. The DRS IntelliReg® solution reinforces the Council’s position to provide an e-Registration solution that focuses on the duty of care aspect in schools.

“Wolverhampton City Council’s vision is to continue to provide the very best technology and services designed specifically to ensure the widest learning offer for young people in Wolverhampton.”

John Price, team manager of 14-19 Executive at Wolverhampton City Council adds: “The Wolverhampton 14-19 Executive is a national leader in supporting the Government’s reforms in the 14-19 age range and hosts DCSF sponsored Learning Visits for other authorities.”

Additional Information 

DRS has the skills and expertise to manage data capture projects of any size or complexity around the world. Specialising in examination and assessment services, electronic marking and student attendance and registration solutions, DRS has four decades experience in managing complex educational data capture projects.

Its e-Registration solutions have been implemented by many schools and colleges, including St. Matthew Academy, Whitburn Church Of England School and Barnet College, and are designed to specifically meet the new and unique demands of real-time update of data. IntelliReg® is the biometric element of the best in class Integrated Education Solution which seamlessly integrates with technologies provided by ‘best of class’ partners, Softlink, Biostore and Cunninghams, such as the cashless environment, access control, library management, smart copiers, SMS, examination candidate systems and staff attendance.

Complete solutions are implemented using the Company’s extensive expertise in innovative technologies, award winning scanning and image capture scanners, software, document design, printing, logistics, project management and consultancy. Visit www.drs.co.uk for more details.

For more information please contact: 
Katie McBreen or Richard McCann, Friday’s Media Group, 18 Soho Square, London, W1D 3QL 
Telephone: 0845 500 1140, Katiem@fridays-group.co.uk or Richardm@fridays-group.co.uk